The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
In accordance with the requests of local authorities our Kyoto gallery will be closed to visitors from April 14th until further notice.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1412482 (stock #TCR7009)
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A crab crawls among the awa plants burgeoning with seed on the side of this Kyo-yaki vessel by Takahashi Dohachi with the painting performed by Itsuun which appears to be dated 1836 in the 60 year lunar cycle. It comes enclosed in a period wooden box annotated by Dohachi VI. It is 10-3/4 inches (27 cm) tall and in excellent condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1408940 (stock #L079)
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The golden orb shines out like the light of Buddhism from between the dark clouds on this exquisite 19th century image by Wada Gozan, priest of Jinko-in Temple. Ink and gold-pigment on silk in a patterned silk border with wood rollers in a period kiri-wood box titled Tsuki no ga Yokomono Ippuku (1 wide painting of moon) Wada Gozan koto (of Wada Gozan), annotated by Kuten. It is 25 x 48-1/2 inches (63.5 x 123.5 cm) and is in overall fine condition, with a minor wrinkle in the lower border...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1424767 (stock #TCR7861)
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$280.00
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Two mingei Andon-zara oil plates and a shallow katakuchi bowl from Seto area kilns dating from the 19th century. The flat plates are used for catching oil drips in a lantern, each decorated with a bucolic scene, The Katakuchi is iron glazed outside with a sometsuke lakeside scene on crackled pale glaze within. Roughly 8 inches (20 cm) diameter each. Minor chips and stains typical of age and use.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1423336 (stock #TCR7834)
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An exceptional boxed set of sake cups made by Seifu Yohei III lined with silver by Nakagawa Joeki (IX or X) enclosed in the original compartmentalized kiri-wood box signed by both artists. Each cup is unique, silver on blue, gold on red, and green on yellow, each stamped by the artist and displaying the celebratory Plum, Pine and Bamboo (Shochikubai) motif. They are 2-12 inches (6.3 cm) diameter each and in excellent condition.
Seifu Yohei III (1851-1914) was the adopted son of Yohei II...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1700 item #1422116 (stock #TCR7821)
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A very unusual small bottle of fired raw earth with a surface pattern like a stripped palm tree hailing from Kyushu or the southern islands of Japan enclosed in an old wooden box. A label on the front of the box reads Karatsu Urigata Furidashi (Gourd Shaped Candy Bottle) while a label on bottom of the box describes it as a Karatsu Ko-Tokkuri or Small Sake Flask. A furidashi is a bottle used to hold kompeito, a traditional Japanese sugar sweet served with tea...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1416033 (stock #MOR7072)
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A decidedly different version of this theme, a Festive carved wooden Tai (Red Snapper) fish with removable side for sashimi coated inside in gold with bone teeth and inlayed bone eyes. The craftsman ahs gone to great lengths to make this as realistic as possible, from the textures of the skin to the folds in the fins and coloring. Unusually, most dishes in this vein are one sided, however this is equally realistically carved on both sides...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1414360 (stock #MOR7029)
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A carved wooden scoop in the shape of a Buddhas Hand Fruit (Bushukan) accented with green lacquer leaves and stem signed Noshi-Okina, an ironic name from Chinese (Rushi) meaning The old Man and Nothing More. It is roughly 21 cm (8 inches) long and in excellent condition, dating from the early 20th century.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1700 item #1415417 (stock #MOR7055)
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A set of early wood panels, once doors on a votive shrine, painted with guardian shishi lions (Also called Fu-dogs) in polychrome colors, much worn with time. The doors are of clear grained hinoki (Japanese cypress) and have shrunk horizontally over the centuries, evidenced by the ari (wooden support) which is inset into them. On back one can see clearly the silhouette of the original metal-work...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1920 item #1420882 (stock #MOR7114)
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A lovely antique tray carved from a flattened roundel of bamboo, the upper inner surface with the remnants of a poem in gold calligraphy glowing softly on the dark surface, the outside retaining much of the original texture of the root. Both ends are the natural walls within the bamboo segments. It is 35 x 19 x 3 cm (14 x 7-1/2 x 1-1/2 inches) and is in excellent condition. The gold glazed teapot visible for size comparison in the photographs is by the young female artist Li Tsz Mei.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1421217 (stock #TCR7115)
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A Breathtaking Namako Glazed Tea-leaf storage jar with black lacquered Kiri-wood bung ad antique cloth cover dating from the 19th century enclosed in an age darkened period wooden box of thick kiri-wood titled Go-Cha-Tsubo. A multi-colored veil drips over dark glaze with raw sandy earth revealed about the foot. An Orange net bag has been added at a later date. It is 8-1/2 inches (21 cm) tall, roughly 8 inches (20 cm) diameter and in excellent condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1414484 (stock #TCR7033)
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A fabulous large Mingei Tokkuri from the Satsuma region in the shape of an eggplant, glazed in black with crystalline blue about the neck over iron rich glazed clay. Likely from the Hirasa kilns, one of the great Satsuma production centers on the southern Island of Kyushu, 18th to early 19th century. It is 24 cm (10 inches) tall and in overall excellent condition, enclosed in a kiri-wood collectors’ box...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1424815 (stock #MOR7862)
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$600.00
Raised vines creep around the oval form of this very unusual wooden bottle enclosed in an antique wooden box titled Kanyu Tokkuri (Crackled Sake Jar). The wooden flask has been lacquered black in such a way as to cause the lacquer to slightly wrinkle, then gilded, and polished down so that only the gold in the wrinkles remains like crackled glaze on pottery. The base and neck are polished black lacquer...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1700 item #1415808 (stock #TCR7069)
A spectacular find, a 17th century (early Edo period) Hagi Water Bowl decorated with a Christian Cross called a Hana-kurusu Moyo Mizusashi. A similar piece is published in the book Nanban Bijutsu (Japanese, 1967 color block 33 as well as figure 8 p 137). The basin is 8 x 6-1/2 x 4-1/2 inches (20 x 16.5 x 11.5 cm). There is a crack in one end (see close-up photos). I believe this would have been used to hold holy water in the Christian Temple.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1421313 (stock #TCR7118)
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A fine Tetsu-yu glazed ceramic Cha-ire for powdered tea with the original Zogei lid wrapped in a brocade bag and enclosed in a fine Kiri-wood box. The characters “Raku” are stamped into the side, and in the raw clay of the base is impressed the seal Ishiharu. It is 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) tall, roughly 2-1/2 inches (6.5 cm) diameter and in excellent condtion.
Kato (Houyuken) Sekishun (1870-1943) was a well known potter in the Raku tradition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1900 item #1417441 (stock #MOR7087)
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$350.00
A gorgeous mingei worn-tray roughly hewed from hardwood, smoothed with a chisel on the top, but left raw on bottom. It would make a lovely tray for serving steeped tea, although rocks side to side due to warping. turned upside down it would make a spectacular stand for an incense burner. It is 35 to 37.5 cm diameter (14-15 inches).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1422729 (stock #TCR7825)
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Taking a break from Easter, a very unusual white Koro incense burner in the shape of a long-eared rabbit by Miyagawa (Makuzu) Kozan enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Koro and dated Taisho 4 (1915). It is 15 x 14 x 11 cm (6 x 5-1/2 x 4-1/4 inches) and is in excellent condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1800 item #1415276 (stock #MOR7054)
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$1,150.00
A set of stacking circular boxes for food descendant of the 12th-13th centuries Nigatsudo style of Negoro lacquer-ware, the simplified form covered in dusky black and burnished cinnabar lacquer. Somewhat elongated from centuries of drying and use, the set is 14.2 x 15 x 17 cm (5-1/2 x 5-3/4 x 6-3/4 inches). Overall in excellent condition for such a functional item, each box has a grain crack consistent on one side. Judging by the finish and wood type (hardwood, likely chestnut or elm) they ap...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Okimono : Pre 1920 item #1415580 (stock #MOR7061)
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$850.00
A kingfisher peers down its long beak at a frog crawling out from among th folds of a withered lotus leaf, a beautiful bronze and silver okimono from early 20th century Japan. It is roughly 8 inches (21 cm) tall and in excellent condition, tarnishing typical of age.